Underused Pokemon Matchmaking Phase 2 [Week 29 - Nasty Plot Infernape]

nv

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With a close vote, Mr. Highways snagged the win! This is also their third win, making them eligible for Hall of Fame status, so congrats!

This week is Mega week :)


Aerodactyl @ Aerodactylite
Ability: Tough Claws
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Hone Claws
- Stone Edge
- Wing Attack
- Earthquake

Hone Claws Mega Aerodactyl is a very potent win condition thanks to its blistering base 150 Speed stat and its Tough Claws ability (despite not boosting its Rock STAB).

Submissions end on Friday.
 

Whimsicott (F) @ Pixie Plate
Ability: Prankster
Happiness: 0
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- Moonblast
- Giga Drain
- Encore
- U-turn


M-aero struggles to break down UU's plethora of bulky waters and some set up mons. Fully offensive whimsicott helps with both of these. Encore+U-turn locks up set up sweepers and some support moves to give m-aero free turns. Giga drain hits every relavant water type for great damage after stab. Moonblast it to hit grass resists harder in the switch and for non scarf dragons/fighting types. For the item i put pixie plate but you could but ice or fire resist berries, lefties, life orb, or meadow plate.
 
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reserving heliolisk
Heliolisk @ Choice Specs / Life Orb
Ability: Dry Skin
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- Volt Switch
- Hyper Voice
- Grass Knot
- Thunderbolt

Heliolisk is pretty much one of the most reliable crocune counter out there, with dry skin, he his able to counter/check all bulky waters that are a problem to Aerodactyl. Boosted Volt Switch also deal with a lot to physical walls such as forretress and Grass Knot takes care of bulky grounds such as Swampert easier to defeat. Hyper Voice is a alternate STAB thats deals a lot of damage to mons resisting Electric. Even though Heliolisk has crappy physical defense, he has decent defensive synergy with Aerodactyl. Heliolisk, resists Steel and Electric while Aerodactyl is immune to Ground and can defeat many Fighting types with STAB Wing Attack. Aero also can deal with many of Heliolisks counters when bought in with volt switch.
 
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Nidoqueen @ Life Orb
Ability: Sheer Force
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- Taunt
- Sludge Wave
- Earth Power
- Ice Beam / Stealth Rock

Nidoqueen shares a lot of HC Mega Aero's checks. Taunt is a great option to lure their checks. It forces in Pokemon like Porygon2, Milotic, Suicune, Snorlax, Umbreon, and Cresselia and prevents them from recovering, keeping them in range of Aero's +1 Stone Edge. Timid is good on this Nidoqueen to outspeed Jolly Mega Swampert and Metagross and put them in range as well. All you really need to do is get rid of Bronzong by Pursuit trapping it or Shadow Ball it with Sylveon.
 

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Time to vote. New voting format because comp's a sht.

Whimsicott (F) @ Pixie Plate
Ability: Prankster
Happiness: 0
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- Moonblast
- Giga Drain
- Encore
- U-turn


M-aero struggles to break down UU's plethora of bulky waters and some set up mons. Fully offensive whimsicott helps with both of these. Encore+U-turn locks up set up sweepers and some support moves to give m-aero free turns. Giga drain hits every relavant water type for great damage after stab. Moonblast it to hit grass resists harder in the switch and for non scarf dragons/fighting types. For the item i put pixie plate but you could but ice or fire resist berries, lefties, life orb, or meadow plate.
reserving heliolisk
Heliolisk @ Choice Specs / Life Orb
Ability: Dry Skin
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- Volt Switch
- Hyper Voice
- Grass Knot
- Thunderbolt

Heliolisk is pretty much one of the most reliable crocune counter out there, with dry skin, he his able to counter/check all bulky waters that are a problem to Aerodactyl. Boosted Volt Switch also deal with a lot to physical walls such as forretress and Grass Knot takes care of bulky grounds such as Swampert easier to defeat. Hyper Voice is a alternate STAB thats deals a lot of damage to mons resisting Electric. Even though Heliolisk has crappy physical defense, he has decent defensive synergy with Aerodactyl. Heliolisk, resists Steel and Electric while Aerodactyl is immune to Ground and can defeat many Fighting types with STAB Wing Attack. Aero also can deal with many of Heliolisks counters when bought in with volt switch.
Nidoqueen @ Life Orb
Ability: Sheer Force
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- Taunt
- Sludge Wave
- Earth Power
- Ice Beam / Stealth Rock

Nidoqueen shares a lot of HC Mega Aero's checks. Taunt is a great option to lure their checks. It forces in Pokemon like Porygon2, Milotic, Suicune, Snorlax, Umbreon, and Cresselia and prevents them from recovering, keeping them in range of Aero's +1 Stone Edge. Timid is good on this Nidoqueen to outspeed Jolly Mega Swampert and Metagross and put them in range as well. All you really need to do is get rid of Bronzong by Pursuit trapping it or Shadow Ball it with Sylveon.
Voting ends Monday.
 

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The winner is...dodmen and his Nidoqueen! Congrats :)

This week, I decided to go with a Pokemon that the entirety of UU knows is good. So good in fact that it is currently one of the more powerful wallbreakers the tier has access to.


Sylveon @ Choice Specs
Ability: Pixilate
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Modest / Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Hyper Voice
- Psyshock
- Shadow Ball / Hidden Power Fire
- Baton Pass / Hidden Power Fire

Submissions end on Friday.
 

Mq

It's Megaqwer's Time!
I think I can take krookodile as LLh took more than 2 days right?
Tagging nv , I can take this right?
Krookodile

@
(Choice band)
Ability: Moxie
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature [+Atk -SPA]
- Earthquake

- Knock Off

- Stone Edge

- Pursuit



Kroododile is the best partner for sylveon as it can take out the pokemons that threatens sylveon.Earthquake smashes the Fire/Steel/Poison that walls hypervoice.Knock off and pursuit pressurize the physhich types and also help taking out brozong (a sylveon check).Stone edge is useful against pokemons that resists both krookodile's stab, namely Hydregion and Mandibuzz, although slyveon can take care of them for krookodile.Lastly, sylveon eats up the bug and fighting moves directed to krookodile

Some calcs
Earthquake



252 Atk Choice Band Krookodile Earthquake vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Metagross: 362-428 (99.4 - 117.5%) -- 93.8% chance to OHKO


-1 252 Atk Choice Band Krookodile Earthquake vs. 248 HP / 252+ Def Arcanine: 254-300 (66.3 - 78.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

Knock off/Pursuit



252 Atk Choice Band Krookodile Knock Off (97.5 BP) vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Bronzong: 390-458 (115.3 - 135.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252 Atk Choice Band Krookodile Pursuit vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Bronzong: 162-192 (47.9 - 56.8%) -- 30.9% chance to 2HKO after Leftovers recovery



252 Atk Choice Band Krookodile Knock Off (97.5 BP) vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Cresselia: 282-332 (63.5 - 74.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

Stone edge



252 Atk Choice Band Krookodile Stone Edge vs. 248 HP / 136+ Def Mandibuzz: 234-276 (55.3 - 65.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery



Ps:Any critics on this post will be awesome n_n.Just tag me with your nomination and give me your opinion :)

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Here for 2nd place!!


Crawdaunt @ Life Orb
Ability: Adaptability
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Crabhammer
- Knock Off
- Aqua Jet
- Swords Dance

Much like Krook, Crawdaunt heavily pressures a good majority of common threats to Sylveon like SpDef Steels, Fire-types, Blissey, and Cresselia. The big thing it lacks is Pursuit, but it nearly makes up for this with sheer power by hitting much harder and therefore being that much more difficult for offense to switch into, as if Krook wasn't hard enough to switch into already. It's worth nothing, for example, that banded Krook has only a minuscule chance to 2HKO Cresselia once Cress's item is knocked off, but Crawdaunt still comfortably can. It also doesn't get nearly as many opporunities to come in as Krook does due to differences in natural bulk and lack of Intimidate, but this means that it benefits even more from Sylv's Baton Pass, which can give it far more opportunities to come in and wreak havoc. Finally, access to strong priority in Aqua Jet boosted by SD is really helpful against the offensive squads that Sylveon tends to be overwhelmed by.
 
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Since my first nom is taken, I am posting LO Hydreigon as partner



Hydreigon @ Life Orb
Ability: Levitate
EVs: 36 Atk / 220 SpA / 252 Spe
Hasty Nature
- Iron Tail
- Superpower
- Dark Pulse
- Draco Meteor

As we all know, Hydreigon is a great mon in general. LO 4 attack set lures both its and Sylveon's switch ins in the tier. Dark pulse hits Bronzong and Metagross really hard, Superpower grabs KO on Blissey after Draco Meteor and SR most of the time. Iron Tail lures Hydreigon's own switches so that it doesn't bring liability to the core. Overall, good mon by itself and a good partner to use with Sylveon.
 
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